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Safeguard American Food Exports Will End Horse Slaughter

18 Jul

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The full text of the Senate version of the proposed legislation:

114th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1214

To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 6, 2015
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Graham, Ms. Collins, and Ms. Mikulski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL
To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “John Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act”.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds that—
(1) unlike cows, pigs, and other domesticated species, horses and other members of the equidae family are not raised for the purpose of human consumption;

(2) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with substances that are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;

(3) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with drugs, including phen­yl­bu­ta­zone, acepromazine, boldenone un­dec­y­len­ate, omep­ra­zole, ketoprofen, xy­la­zine, hy­al­uron­ic acid, ni­tro­fu­ra­zone, polysulfated gly­cos­ami­no­gly­can, clenbuterol, tolazoline, and ponazuril, which are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 512 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and

(4) consuming parts of an equine raised in the United States likely poses a serious threat to human health and the public should be protected from these unsafe products.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS.

Section 301 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 331) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(ddd) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section—

“(1) equine parts shall be deemed unsafe under section 409 of this Act;

“(2) equine parts shall be deemed unsafe under section 512 of this Act; and

“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

This is not the first attempt to ban slaughter of horses and exports of horses to be slaughtered. It’s time we got vocal to end this atrocity! Our legislators need to hear our reasons or personal stories for banning horse slaughter.

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CALL YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE: Safeguard American Food Export Act S541

7 Oct

What you can do to help pass the Safeguard American Food Export Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate S.541 and House of Representatives HR.1094:

WRITE A HAND WRITTEN LETTER TODAY!

 

If your Senators or Representative have not co-sponsored the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013, it is EXTREMELY important to CALL your SENATORS to support S.541 and your REPRESENTATIVE to support HR.1094 in their DC offices.  You may never get a returned call from the politician and less likely to talk to them directly when you call.  Ask to speak to the legislative aide assigned to these bills and leave a message.  You are more likely to get a call back from the legislative aide than your elected official.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “F...

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,” in the Oval Office, Jan. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) License on Flickr (2011-01-12): United States Government Work Flickr tags: WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This issue is about food safety and not about animal welfare.  If you start talking about how in-humane it is, they won’t listen, so you MUST talk about the potential toxicity because horses are NOT raised in the food pipeline.  Can a cattle rancher send cattle to slaughter if it’s not raised in the food pipeline? — NO!

Why should horses be added after they are grown? All animals raised in the food pipeline are not allowed to be given certain drugs or treatments and there is no way to ensure that horses not raised in the food pipeline are free from those products.  They can not test a live horse – they must slaughter it first before they can test it (yes I know, very upsetting).  This means tax dollars will be wasted if the carcass tests positive for the tested banned substances and another horse will be dead.

 

If you are not sure what to say, take a look at the comments in support of S.541 on popvox.com link below. Don’t use the arguments that discuss in-humane slaughter because this is a bill about FOOD SAFETY and export of horses to slaughter not raised for food.   Make a short list about what you are going to say – practice saying it a few times until you feel confident about what you are going to say.

 
Also take a look what the ORGANIZATIONS ENDORSING this legislation have to say in support and support them by following them on facebook,  webpages or via twitter:
 
ORGS ENDORSING

Review the statements made by organizations in opposition.  If you are a member of one of these organizations and disagree with their opposition, let them know you disagree with their position.

ORGS OPPOSING

When calling your Senators or Representatives, if the person you talk to tries to turn the subject over to the myth ‘too many unwanted horses’ in the USA, then you must remind them they are changing the subject to horse welfare — THIS IS A FOOD SAFETY ISSUE.  They are obfuscating the issue and that is not what this proposed legislation will regulate and has no business in the discussion.  They won’t listen to you when you bring up how inhumane horse slaughter is, so you must remind them this is not about horse welfare.
 
** Call BOTH your Senators if they have not co-sponsored! When you are done, call your Representative if she/he hasn’t cosponsored yet.
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Go public with your comments on Popvox.com and Govtrack.us .
Add your message to your Senator(s) on  Popvox  re:  S541  HERE 
 
Add your comments to your Representative on Popvox re:  HR1094  HERE
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You can also make comments on govtrack.us or call congress at these two links:
Log in to govtracks.us and comment in Support of S541 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541#comments
 

Log in to govtracks.us and comment in Support of HR1094 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094#comments

 

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List of Senators that have co-sponsored:

Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]
Sen. Mikulski, Barbara A. [D-MD]
Sen. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA]
Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]
Sen. Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] (deceased)
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]
Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT]
Sen. Begich, Mark [D-AK]
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]
Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL]
Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Levin, Carl [D-MI]
Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]

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List of Representatives who have co-sponsored:

Young, W. Bill [R-FL13] (no longer serving)
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 UPDATE:
On November 12, 2014, ONE more Senator and TWO more Representatives have cosponsored:

S541:
Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] – 11/12/2014

HR1094:
Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] – 11/12/2014
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] – 11/12/2014

America’s Wild Horses: A Living Legend in Peril

21 Sep

Wild Horses on the Range

Wild Horses on the Range (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This photo is of a genetically bay horse, showing the faint dorsal counterstriping that is common on some bays. This horse is NOT a dun and this dorsal stripe does not reflect the presence of the dun gene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     Watch and listen carefully as the video posses excellent arguments about the markings on some of the wild horses and debunks the myth that all the wild horses are descendants of the Spanish horses set free in North America. Continue reading

Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget

22 Dec

Food Safety is compromised already – we need more inspectors for food imports and in American slaughter houses to ensure that the food available for sale in the USA is safe. Funding horse meat inspections will only take more inspectors away from inspecting the other meats that are eaten in the USA.

If you want to call them please be polite and respectful. If you are not in their state or Congressional district they will tell you that you should call your own Senator or Representative; tell them: this is a NATIONAL ISSUE and affects you just as much as it affects the citizens in their state or district. One thing NOT to mention is that horse slaughter is not humane because they will not listen to that argument — they don’t care!

If you are NOT an American citizen, please leave a comment on the petition indicating that you do not want this meat exported to your country because you know that American horses are not raised in the food pipeline and should not be eaten as they may be toxic as a result of the products and drugs they may be given during their lifetime.

Sign This PETITION: HERE

Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget.

Why this is important

The defunding language was removed from the Ag Budget in 2011 in a sneaky move on the part of Sen Blunt, Sen Kohl and Rep Kingston. We are faced with equine slaughter operations opening on US soil for the first time in 6 years because of this deceptive move. We do NOT want that language removed this time! The American Taxpayer is already dealing with poor inspections of our meat due to the budget cuts. We do not want the USDA inspecting meat that will not be used in the American food supply!

We The People are aware that the Ag Appropriations Conference will be held shortly. We urge you to leave the horse slaughter inspection defunding language (by Rep Moran) in the budget. The House and Senate Bills are identical and therefore do not need to be reconciled! They are IDENTICAL! It is undemocratic to pull out this language this time!

Our horses are unfit for human consumption, and we do not want our tax dollars funding USDA inspections at the tune of $400k per plant, per year. 80% of Americans are opposed to equine slaughter.

Please represent We The People, and keep the DEFUNDING in the budget! Please see http://www.kaufmanzoning.org to learn about the horror and reality of equine slaughter.

Sign This PETITION: HERE

Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget.

 

 

No Equine Slaughter DONATE TODAY to CAES!

13 Dec

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As the president of CAES, let me say thank you so much for speaking out and sharing our information in order to put a stop to equine slaughter. As a former USDA veterinarian and USDA meat inspector, I have witnessed horrendous cruelties in the slaughter plants. As much as I tried to do my job in protecting livestock from inhumane treatment by these plants, I was thwarted at every turn until they fired me because I was costing the plants too much money.

Now we are faced with the task of preventing equines from being a part of this cruel industry, and the only way to put a stop to the possibility of equine slaughter opening up again for business is through the justice system by filing lawsuits against the USDA and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

I have dedicated years to this cause, and I am still haunted by the specter of animals vocalizing in pain and agony, with no way of correcting these inhumane activities due to the unending pressure from supervisors and others. The violations of the Humane Slaughter Act that are committed daily in slaughter plants across this country are too diabolical to describe, but somehow, somewhere, We The People, We must make it stop.

Now they want to slaughter horses, mules, and burros and these animals are even harder to slaughter within the guidelines of the Humane Slaughter Act because, horses are flight animals and obtaining a correct target is difficult to do as their heads are moving from fright and panic. We must, all of us horse activists, join together, resources and all, to make sure our equines never have to endure the torture that will come to them if horse slaughter is allowed to resume in the US.

This is where you come in! With your monthly donation of $10.00, it will fund our lawsuits that will be needed to fight for the rights of our horses! Each and every horse activist that reads this message, becomes a monthly donor and spreads this message to others so they too can become monthly donors, will help us stop the prospect of horse slaughter resuming in this great country of ours.

How?

Our goal is to get 2000 donors with a $10.00 per month donation. This will bring in $20,000.00 a month which would give us a secure financial base to support our lawsuit and our work to stop the slaughter of equines.

We understand the financial burden everyone is under these days and the potential loss if we lose at trial so in asking a small amount of investment, equivalent to two Latte’s a month. We feel it’s a small sacrifice towards a potentially huge, exciting, and educational case against the cruelty which our government allows to continue. We want to expose to the American Taxpayer what is really going on in these slaughter plants across this country and what our equines will face if they don’t have the US citizens there to fight for them.

We are planning other lawsuits against the BLM for removing wild mustangs from their lawful Herd Areas. Only with your help can we can continue our grievances through trial courts and educational programs.

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Lester Friedlander

Go here to make a donation:
No Equine Slaughter DONATE TODAY! » No Equine Slaughter.

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Lion: The Stallion that Made a Difference in My Life

8 Dec

Lion: The Dun Stallion Triple B HMA roundup August 2011 ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Lion: The Dun Stallion
Triple B HMA roundup August 24, 2011 ©2011 afroditi katsikis

We named this stallion Lion. He was rounded up during the Triple B 2011 roundup. This photo was taken Aug 24, 2011 at the temp holding pens. This was the first day that I went to a roundup and the first time I was at a holding pen.

He captured my attention right away at the holding pen because of all the commotion he made in the stallion pen. I’m not sure when he was captured. This day I was an observer in Newark Valley and I reviewed all my 900 images I took that day and could not identify him in them so it’s not likely he came from Newark Valley.

While walking around the holding pens, trying to get good photos to share, there was a moment when he was staring at me. I began talking softly at him, telling him not to be angry with me and apologized to him that he was caught because I didn’t want to see him or other others captured.

As my friends joined me in the following days at the roundups in Butte Valley and we visited the holding pens, everyone remarked about him. He stood out above the other stallions as the leader of them all! He always dominated this end of the holding pen because it was the closest to his mares. In between the wet mare pen and the stallion pen was a small pen with a branded horse in it.

By the end of the round-up, my friend Maureen, decided she was going to adopt him. I was elated to say the least because I fell in love with him and I knew he would be safe at Maureen’s place and I would see him again!

BLM sent him to Gunnison. Maureen let it be known she wanted him intact – BLM acknowledged that would be fine. However, Maureen discovered they gelded him anyway but she still was going to take him.

On the day she arrived at Gunnison to pick him up, he died while they were trying to load him – he broke his neck while Maureen was in the office signing papers to take him. She was devastated! She loved him too. She called me the next day and told me what happened – I was crushed for days! – a horse I barely knew but felt an instant connection with him.

Lion and the Stallions at the Triple B HMA temp holding pens August 24, 2011 ©2011 afroditi katsikis

The Stallion Pen: Lion Controlled them all in the temp holding pen Triple B HMA August 24, 2011 ©2011 afroditi katsikis
The Stallion Pen: Lion Controlled them all in the temp holding pen
Triple B HMA August 24, 2011 ©2011 afroditi katsikis
When Lion died, I hadn’t been a horse advocate for very long – maybe 10 months. Even though I had heard about the atrocities at roundups, experiencing one was a sure eye-opener – one that I will never forget! But what happened after the roundup was just as bad – not only because Lion died but there were horses in short-term holding who also died as a result of colic. Since BLM doesn’t count the foals, there’s no telling how many of them died in holding pens!I know how all my friends feel about losing a horse they love (I have never had a horse) and I understand how one can know the magic they feel when they first see or meet a horse with an instant connection.Lion is in my heart forever and is my driving force to see the wild horses and burros back where they belong – running wild on public lands!I know experiences like this are hard to handle but it’s real important for as many people as possible to go to a roundup so you can share what happens at a BLM roundup. Be a witness before they are all gone from the wild places in which they belong.

Lion, The Dun Stallion directly staring at me. ©2011 afroditi katsikis
Lion, The Dun Stallion staring at me (there was no else there for him to stare at but me)
©2011 afroditi katsikis

©2013 afroditi katsikis

Grazing Improvement Act Will Fleece Taxpayers While Harming Environment – Forbes

4 Dec

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The GRAZING IMPROVEMENT ACT:  To amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits, and for other purposes.

“When an interest group–let’s say the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association–supports a bill because it will “reduce the paperwork backlog,” you can pretty much guarantee that another group–let’s say American taxpayers–are poised to be fleeced.

The legislation under review is the Grazing Improvement Act of 2013. Sponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the bill recently left the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. Its primary intention is to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 in order to extend the renewal term for public land grazing permits and leases from ten to twenty years.”  

James McWilliams

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE-> Grazing Improvement Act Will Fleece Taxpayers While Harming Environment – Forbes.  

 

TAKE ACTION

There are two bills in congress (actually the same bill): one in The Senate and one in The House. You must comment on both bills because if you only comment on S258, only your Senators will get your comments and if you only comment on HR657, only your U.S. Representative will receive your comments.

THE SENATE (is out of committee and headed to the Senate Floor for a vote)

S. 258 Grazing Improvement Act Senator Barrasso (R)

12% Support | 88% Oppose

ORGS ENDORSING: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

ORGS OPPOSING: Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC), The Wolf Army, Wolf Conservation Center

Sign into your popvox.com account and make your comments in opposition to S258:
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/s258/report#nation

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. 657 The Grazing Improvement Act Representative Labrador (R)

18% Support | 82% Oppose

ORGS ENDORSING: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

ORGS OPPOSING: Wolf Conservation Center

Sign into your popvox.com account and make your comments in opposition to HR657:
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hr657

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​The Handwritten Letter | What you Can do to Pass the SAFE Act of 2013

3 Dec

Please be our voice! Safeguard American Food Safety Act of 2013 S.541 HR.1094

Please be our voice! Safeguard American Food Safety Act of 2013 S.541 HR.1094

What you Can Do to Help

Pass the SAFE Act of 2013

​The Handwritten Letter…

What to write or not.

It’s time to do something different​ to ban horse slaughter in America. For me lately, handwritten letters are a distant memory … I don’t recall the last one I wrote to anyone … Who sends handwritten letters to politicians anymore? Why send one?

In this age of digital communication, a hand written letter stands out! That’s why!

The fact that it’s handwritten makes it stand out from emails and printed letters! It will take much longer than an email ​to arrive ​and be screened to make sure it’s safe to open by the recipient’s office.  Yes, emails get there faster, but how do you know if they are read or not?  Why would they remember your email?

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Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses – ForceChange

24 Sep

Sign Petition: Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses – ForceChange.

Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses

BY  

Dreamer and Murphy

Dreamer and Murphy

Target: Meghan Murphy

Goal: Commend a brave girl for saving two young horses from slaughter

Meghan Murphy, a 12 year old girl from Maine, was looking online for a horse to lease when she came across a website called Auction Horses. She decided that instead of using the money she had saved from mowing lawns, babysitting, and doing odd jobs on leasing a horse, she would rescue one from slaughter.

“I clicked on [the link] and I saw there was this little 11-month-old that they were going to kill, and they were stopping feeding him on the day that I had found him,” Meghan said. “I decided that I couldn’t spend my money on me just getting a horse to ride when a horse is going to die if I didn’t help him.” She named the 11 month-old colt Dreamer, short for Dream Catcher.

She ended saving not just one horse, but two. She named the other colt Murphy.

“Dreamer wouldn’t get on the trailer without [Murphy], so I said I’d take both of them,” she said. “I just decided that if I didn’t save him, he was going to die. He was only 4 months old. So it was a pretty easy decision.”

Horse meat can’t currently be sold in the United States, but it can be exported, and is sold for consumption in China, Russia, Mexico and other countries. “Kill buyers,” who buy horses at auction for as little as $20 a head, ship them over the border to be sent to slaughter. Many auction horses end up with this sad fate. There are kill pens over the border in Canada where horses in Maine get shipped, Meghan said, as well as in Mexico. Slaughter houses are also scheduled to open in several U.S. states.

However sad slaughter may be, the problem is the breeders. Meghan recognizes this as well. “Slaughter really exists because of overbreeding, breeders and backyard breeders,” she says. Indiscriminate breeding of mares causes a surplus of horses, many of which are not useful animals due to conformation faults, bad temperaments, and other soundness issues. These horses would ideally live out their lives in a pasture, but sadly, this is rarely the case. Horses are expensive to feed and take care of properly, and sometimes even useful animals end up at an auction going to slaughter.

The difference Meghan made in these two horses lives is commendable. Her selflessness is remarkable, and Dreamer and Murphy will hopefully live a long, healthy life under her care.

Federal Court Forces Interior Department to Consider Scientific Evidence Regarding Wild Horse Management | American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

10 May

Federal Court Forces Interior Department to Consider Scientific Evidence Regarding Wild Horse Management | American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

!! WOOHOO !!
“The Honorable U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell stated in her 23-page opinion that the agency

“may not simply remain studiously ignorant of material scientific evidence well known to the agency and brought directly to its attention in timely-filed comments.”

(Emphasis added.) She decisively rejected the BLM’s attempt to exclude the expert declarations from the agency’s decision-making process and affirmed that the Court would consider the “material scientific evidence” contained in the declarations as in future rulings in the case.”

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